A SERIAL burglar is back behind bars after reoffending just months after he was released from prison.
William Trotter was released on licence on February 3 this year for an offence of house burglary.
But in a matter of months, the 31-year-old broke into the Tombola shop, in Low Street, Sunderland, stealing £7,460-worth of items.
Then, just three weeks later, Trotter, of Drury Lane, in Sunderland’s East End, struck again.
He entered a flat in River View while the owners were out, helping himself to a laptop and two games consoles.
At Newcastle Crown Court he was jailed for two years and 146 days after pleading guilty to two offences of burglary.
The incident at the Tombola shop occurred on April 7.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, told the court: “He entered the premises by the electrical door. The managing director of the company said that those who entered smashed the doors.
“Electrical items were taken from the company, including a number of laptops totalling £7,460.
“The managing director thinks he will have to spend in excess of £20,000 to repair all the damages.”
The house burglary happened on April 27, with Trotter taking a Playstation, an X-box and another laptop from the address.
Lewis Kerr, defending Trotter, said: “Alcohol clearly played a part in these offences.
“This defendant is relatively young and does have some real ambition to partake in employment and lead a more stable life.
“Clearly he has some way to go.”
Passing sentence, Judge Brian Forster, said: “He has to learn a lesson.
“He can’t come out of prison and immediately start breaking into houses and commercial buildings and cause great distress.”